Sadly, everyone who cares for a pet will one day face the illness, old age or passing of their beloved animal friend. It is as natural and necessary to grieve for the loss of a pet as it is for any loved one who dies. And it is important to have compassion and support in one's time of grief. The ASPCA is here to help—below you will find several resources to assist you and your loved ones during this difficult time.
Pet Loss FAQ
From knowing when to say bye to respecting your own grief, we have answers to common questions posed when facing the death of a pet. Read More »
End of Life Care FAQ
As your pet's health declines, it's important to calmly guide his end-of-life experience and minimize any discomfort or distress. Learn More »
Helping Children Cope with Pet Loss
Children are especially vulnerable after experiencing pet loss. Learn how to help your child understand and work through his or her grief. Learn More »
Ask ASPCA Expert Dr. LaFarge
Have unresolved questions? Ask our pet loss expert—Dr. Stephanie LaFarge is a psychologist who specializes in human/animal relationships. Learn More »
Honor Your Loved One with a Memorial Gift
What better way to memorialize your pet? A Memorial Gift to the ASPCA honors your beloved friend and gives the gift of life to animals in need. Read More »
When Your Pet Dies at Home (for NYC residents)
If you live in New York City, there are several different ways, including burial or cremation, to honor your pet after his passing. Read More »
ASPCA Pet Loss Hotline
Pet parents can receive help from the ASPCA Pet Loss Support program with the following issues:
- Assistance with the decision to euthanize.
- Comfort and support at the time of euthanasia.
- Help with grieving the loss.
- Advice on dealing with children, the elderly or disabled individuals who are facing a death of a companion animal.
- Helping the surviving animals in the household to cope.
- Assistance in establishing a relationship with a new pet.
For support dealing with the loss of a pet, including information on meeting the emotional needs of children at the time of a pet's death, please call our Pet Loss Hotline at (877) GRIEF-10.
Looking for information on how to find a lost pet? Read our essential tips for locating your missing cat or dog.